South Africa does not flinch when playing world champions England
CAPE CITY: New South African captain Kock Quinton He says facing England world champions will be like playing against any other team as they prepare for the three-day international day series that will begin in Newlands on Tuesday.
South Africa is trying to rebuild after a disaster World cup in England last year in which the hosts won the trophy in an exciting way with the victory over New Zealand in the final.
This will be England's first game since the decisive at Lord's in July.
"It is just like playing any other team," De Kock told reporters on Monday. "Just because you have a World cup doesn't change anything. It is still the normal England team we will play against.
"I remember last time they came here (in 2016) we did pretty well and won the series. So it doesn't really matter if they are World cup winners or not. It is the same as if we are playing Australia, India, Bangladesh, or whoever."
South Africa have struggled in both the ODI and test formats in the last 12 months, and while there could be a certain amount of experimentation as they begin a new cycle to the 2023 World cup , De Kock says most important is to get a series win.
We have new boys who have come in and bring a lot of energy. We have guys who will potentially make their debut, so the team is very excited, he said.
"We are in a rebuilding phase and we are looking forward to the next World cup squad. We want to give the opportunities to youngsters and help them grow as cricketers.
But for this series, we just want to win. There is a lot of time to give opportunities, but for us at this moment it is better to win a series, just for the morale of the team.
England has rested Ben stokes , possibly the best SUV in the world, but De Kock says there is still a lot of quality in the team.
"It's always nice not to have to play against Ben stokes , but they still have quality players," he said. "There are World cup winners that are part of the squad and they have also got exciting young players.
Starting with a victory would be excellent for the team environment and the boys seem willing to do so.